Academic journal article Journal of Evolutionary Psychology

The Suggestible Crowd

Academic journal article Journal of Evolutionary Psychology

The Suggestible Crowd

Article excerpt

"It is better to be the head of a sardine than the tail of a peacock." I heard this old proverb from my father when I was very young. It stayed with me throughout the years as a guide whenever I found myself making important decisions. It helped me to see value in reality and not in appearance.

Conscience is the inner tyrant that rules our lives and controls our behavior. It is part of that vast unconsciousness which most people ignore as being unimportant, but which in fact is what makes us do the things we do. Why is one person more suggestible than another? Is it egocentricity that becomes an affectation to mask a feeling of inferiority?

The word narcissism has been used frequently to describe the person who has taken itself as the object of love. The word comes from Narcissus, a hardsome lad of Greek legend, who rejected the love of the nymph Echo, because she was mute and only able to repeat his words. Narcissus was punished by Nemesis, who made him fall in love with his own reflection in the water. He wasted away in self-admiration and at death became the flower Narcissus. Today the word narcissism refers to a kind of neurosis in which the subject is unable to relate his feelings to another person. …

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